Conservative Radio Host on Congressional Shooting: We Almost Had an ‘Archduke Ferdinand’ Moment


In the wake of the Congressional baseball shooting that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) seriously injured, there has been quite a bit of discussion devoted to heated political rhetoric and its role in the incident. Yesterday, CNN’s Michael Smerconish pointed a finger at the media, saying “personalities are rewards for bombast, not substance.”

On today’s broadcast of Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter brought on a couple of diametrically opposed political commentators — liberal Sally Kohn and conservative radio host Steve Deace — to talk about the current political divide. Bringing up Smerconish’s commentary, Stelter asked Deace his thoughts, asking if there was some “real soul-searching going on” among his colleagues. And he got a very interesting response.

“I hope so,” Deace said. “I think maybe we don’t truly understand how close we came as a culture to a point of no return. I mean I think we almost had an Archduke Ferdinand/Fort Sumter moment. I think we don’t have any idea the Pandora’s Box that might have been opened if Congressman Scalise’s security detail was not there.”

Yes, Deace was saying that if any lawmakers had been killed in the shooting — the shooter was the only fatality — then we may have been embroiled in a full-fledged war like World War I or the Civil War.

The radio host went on to say “I can’t even imagine where we would go next” if “bodybags” had been pulled out from the scene.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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